Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -7.6%
A - One finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settle quickly to a thin layer and leaves moderate lace.
S - Sweet caramel malt that blends with, and becomes indistinguishable from, bourbon barrel aromas of oak, coconut, cherries, and booze. Lots of burnt sugar notes with a little bit of pine sap character.
T - Strong, thick malt up front with toffee, caramel, and brown sugar notes. The bourbon character comes in fast and hard with a lot of spicy alcohol notes and more complex, dark sugars. The finish is spicy and alcoholic with a strong, phenolic smoke note that brings out a lot of the woody, boozy, harshness of the bourbon. Lingering notes of smoke, char, brown sugar, and pine sap stick to the back of the tongue.
M - Moderately thick body, low carbonation, and an only slightly sweet finish with some alcoholic warmth working its way down my throat to settle in the pit of my stomach.
D - I expected something big, round, sweet, and bourbon like, but what I got is something far leaner and meaner than one would expect from a scotch ale. There is a lot of phenolic smoke character in this beer, either from abused yeast or from peat, and it does some strange things when it meets the bourbon. The phenolics seem to bring out a lot of the boozy and astringent qualities of the whiskey that are usually not present in barrel aged beers; combine this with the relative dryness of this brew, and the fact that it is not at all shy about its 10% abv, and you have a weirdly convincing bourbon beer. I'm still not quite sure what I think about this one. It has managed to capture a lot of the harsher qualities of distilled spirits that I prefer not to see in a beer; on the other hand, I have to respect the fact that they have brewed what I can only regard as the liquid equivalent of the grizzled, scotch-irish mountain man that graces the label of the bottle. This is quite a unique beer, and while I won't be rushing out to buy another one, I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to try it.
12-08-2009 08:38:52 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev -7.6%
Appearance: deep dark brownish color..almost black with a tannish head
Smell: of whiskey and also coffee...the whiskey smell is great very sweet and nice
Taste: of whiskey...i love it its wonderful..also you get hints of chocolate and caramel and ends with a nice coffee taste...its just a great complex beer
Mouthfeel: was very smooth and warms you up great...and nice aftertaste with the coffee
Drinkability: not very high but great to have 2or3 of these puppies awesome beer
this beer is definitely worth a try...if your a whiskey drinker you will love this beer ...i sure did
12-06-2008 04:51:48 | More by eagles22
4/5 rDev -7.6%
Backwards Bastard is a fine brew from my friends at Founders. Nice frothy head out of the tap, beautiful bourbon aroma/taste with hints of oak, malt, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. With a mix like that who could not like this!!! Mouthfeel is refreshing and satisfying, sip after sip.
Drink up and enjoy!
03-26-2009 18:19:11 | More by thequeen711
4/5 rDev -7.6%
Body is a nice stained cherry mahogany, like that table at your grandma's house that is from the 1920s.
The aroma has a really integrated scent of bourbon barrel, which is great in this beer, really adds the element that this style needs for my deep affection.
Flavor wise there is toffee,maple, caramel, and all of those malt notes that you would expect from a rich ale of this nature, thin alcohol that adds a positive element to this beer. Vanilla and oak most likely an addition from the time hugging a barrel. There is a cherry like flavor of fruit, but just enough to only mention one fruit, if i listed more then one fruit you would get the wrong idea and think this had more fruit notes then it does. All of these flavors are very well integrated 6mo after release. I think i preferred it fresh for the stronger barrel notes and heat, but the sallys will love it 6mo out.
The mouthfeel is smooth, a bit slick and low carb. Fitting for the style i think though.
I buy a lot of this when it comes out, and drink it often. For a few weeks it is my regular grab beer. I don't horde it and it doesn't last long in my hands. I dig it.
02-28-2012 04:24:49 | More by ChadQuest
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,302 ratings.